Eight people have been arrested in Teesside as part of a large-scale UK-wide drug bust.
The arrests were part on an operation targeting the supply of Class A drugs into the Cleveland and Northumbria Force areas from areas including Liverpool.
The Teesside arrests took place in Guisborough , Eston , Grangetown and Marton . All eight remain in custody.
Officers from the North East Special Operations Unit (NERSOU) carried out coordinated arrests across the Cleveland, Northumbria, Merseyside and South Yorkshire Force areas – resulting in a total of 12 arrests.
Police also recovered a “substantial quantity” of drugs and cash along with vehicles believed to have been stolen.
Police said all arrests are a result of a large-scale drugs conspiracy investigation that started in February under the banner of Operation Shell.
Detective Inspector Warren Hawes from the North East Regional Specialist operations Unit (NERSOU) said: “Today is a culmination of coordinated police activity by officers from the NERSOU supported by officers from the Cleveland and Durham Forces.
“We have demonstrated that the supply of Class A drugs into the North-east region will not be tolerated and I would urge any members of the public who have information relating to drugs supply to report it to their respective Police Force via 101 or contact Crimestoppers annonymously on 0800 555111.”